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Mel Gibson's mug shot, taken Friday after he was arrested on charges of drunken driving, Jul. 28, 2006.
Mel Gibson issued a second statement last night to clear up his true feelings about the anti-Semitic rant he unleashed after being arrested for drunken driving. "I want to apologize specifically to everyone in the Jewish community for the vitriolic and harmful words," he said.
We here at Mixed Signals take our responsibility to get "the other side of the story" very, very seriously. Even when it involves Hollywood celebrities. So naturally, we decided to get the reaction — specifically, of "everyone in the Jewish community." (Gibson's full statement here.)
I started with Howard Mortman, New Media strategist, former government official, blogger at www.ExtremeMortman.com, lifelong Jewish guy. I asked Howard about his response to Gibson's second apology.
"An apology? Heck, I'm still waiting for my ticket refund for paying to see Lethal Weapon 3," Howard says. "Mel Gibson should be given a life sentence of drinking nothing but Manischewitz. Make him suffer like the rest of us."
Securities lawyer Max Folkenflik — for argument's sake, let's call him "Uncle Max" — also happens to be Jewish.
"If what Gibson called his 'vitriolic and hateful' statements dramatically affect his career," Max says, "then I think we'll really find out whether he wants the forgiveness of the Jewish community, or whether — at that time — he feels free to unleash his inner bigot."
Two members of the Jewish community heard from, approximately 6,154,998 to go, according to recent estimates from the American Jewish Committee.
Wendy Molyneux of McSweeney's offers a few other latent bigotries in Gibson sorted by the substance that triggers them ("Chocolate: distrust of squirrels").
Oh, and here are some actual responsible groups' responses... from the American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith.